The new PMBOK 6th edition was recently released. Therefore, the PMP, as well as CAPM exams will be revised to include updated, as well as new material.
The expected changes/updates are as follows:
- The front-end chapters will be revised and updated:
- The Inputs and Outputs will be shown on one chart, and will not include the Tools and Techniques:
- Tools and Techniques will be grouped as follows:
- For example, the Tools and Techniques for the “Collect Requirements Process” will be revised as follows:
- Relevant Agile, Adaptive and Iterative Practices will be included in most Knowledge Areas.
Project Integration Management
- A new process, “Manage Project Knowledge,” will be added to the Executing Process Group.
- More emphasis will be placed on incorporating “lessons learned” throughout the project.
- “Close Procurements” will be deleted and the information from this process will be absorbed in other processes.
Project Scope Management
- Both project scope and product scope will be emphasized
- Alignment with Requirements Management Practice Guide will be emphasized.
- Alignment with Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide will be emphasized.
- A discussion is included on how Project Management and Business Analysis can work together.
- A description of how agile practices are relevant to scope management will be added.
Project Time Management
- “Project Time Management” will be renamed “Project Schedule Management.”
- The Estimate Resources Process has been moved to the new Resource Management Knowledge Area, previously known as Human Resource Management.
- Details for agile and iterative approaches will be added, such as:
- Agile decision-making techniques
- Release Planning
- Sprint and iteration planning meetings
- The following figure, regarding the “Relationship between product vision, release planning, and iteration planning,” will be added:
Project Cost Management
- Minor changes only.
Project Quality Management
- The focus, as well as the title, of Perform Quality Assurance, will be shifted to, and renamed “Manage Quality.”
- Applicable Tools and Techniques will be revised/updated.
Project Human Resource Management
- Project Human Resource Management will be renamed Project Resource Management.
- Focus will be shifted to all resources, not just people.
- The processes for this Knowledge Area will be:
- Plan Resource Management
- Estimate Resources (transferred from the current Project Time Management)
- Acquire Resources
- Develop Team
- Manage Team
- Control Resources (new!)
Project Communications Management
New emphasis will be added regarding the difference between “Communication” and “Communications.”
- Communication is the act of transferring knowledge, information, data between persons, etc.
- Communications are the artifacts used for communication, such as reports, presentations, meetings, emails, face-to-face interactions, etc.
Project Risk Management
- A new process titled “Implement Risk Responses” will be added to the Executing Process Group.
- The process “Control Risks” will be renamed “Monitor Risks.”
- Escalate Response Strategy will be added.
- There is an improved focus on managing total project risk.
Project Procurement Management
- Content will be updated and should be more internationally applicable.
- Content will be more practitioner-based instead of just theoretical.
- The Close Procurements Process will be deleted as a process, but some of its content will be included in Control Procurements.
Project Stakeholder Management
- This Knowledge Area will be modified to include international good practices.
- Alignment with the updated Project Communication Management knowledge area will be ensured but without duplication.